MMO Game Thread: Mets vs Marlins, 7:10 PM

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The New York Mets will look to carry momentum over from their win Wednesday against the Cardinals, to Miami, when they face the Marlins.  First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 PM at Marlins Park.

Zack Wheeler (2-7, 4.38) makes his 15th start of the season.  Wheeler needs to bounce back from his last two starts, where he gave up four runs in each outing.  He will face Andrew Heaney (0-0, -.–) who is making his first start in the major leagues.

The Mets are 3-3 in their last six games, and are 4-6 over their last 10.  Wednesday’s come-from-behind win against the Cardinals, was the team’s 16th of the season which places them tied for fourth in the National League.  The Mets have scored first in 15 of their last 23 games and hold a record of 22-20 when they score first.

Curtis Granderson‘s streak is still alive reaching base safely in 27 consecutive starts.  He is second in the National League with an on base percentage of .460 in the month of June, and 10th in the NL in batting average (.340) over that span.

Eric Young Jr. enjoyed his second career multi-double game Wednesday.  His first came in 2013 as a member of the Colorado Rockies.  EY has at least one hit and two RBI in his last three games since returning from the disabled list.  His 17 stolen bases on the year puts him tied for fourth in the National League.

One thing on the Mets side is David Wright‘s success against left-handed pitching.  So far this season, Wright ranks second in all of baseball with an average of .403 against lefty’s.  The Captain is 4-for-12 over his last three games after a horrendous slump, and has a three-game hitting streak going.

Starting Lineup

  1. Eric Young Jr. – LF
  2. Daniel Murphy – 2B
  3. David Wright – 3B
  4. Eric Campbell – 1B
  5. Curtis Granderson – RF
  6. Chris Young – CF
  7. Taylor Teagarden – C
  8. Ruben Tejada – SS
  9. Zack Wheeler – P

The Mets look to build off of yesterday’s win with opening a series in Miami tonight with Wheeler on the  mound. Outside of strong pitching yesterday, Wright worked a little more towards breaking out of his slump with an go-ahead RBI single and E Young contributed with a double. Oh, and Colon hit a double. In other Mets news, Captain Kirk is coming back to the squad and den Dekker has been optioned off.

Wheeler is 2-7 this season over 14 games and 78.0 innings and a 4.38 ERA. After three strong starts, he has has stumbled in his last two allowing 8 ER over 8.2 innings, with 5 BB’s and 10 K’s.  Over two starts this year against the Marlins he’s allowed only one run over 12.0 innings with 8 BB’s and 17 K’s. The Marlins have the following numbers against Wheeler:

  • Stanton 1-7
  • Hechavarria 0-8
  • Jones 1-6
  • McGehee 2-4
  • Mathis 0-4
  • Ozuna 1-5

On the other side of the field, Andrew Heaney makes his major league debut for the Marlins. He is the #30 prospect according to Baseball America and is 7-2 this season between AA and AAA logging 76.2 innings with a 2.47 ERA. Obviously he has no MLB stats against the Mets.

Lets Go Mets!

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My name is Elliot and I’ve been writing the Game Preview posts at MMO since 2008. I am excited to be back sharing my thoughts with you. When I’m not watching the Mets, I’m a Physics Teacher in Newark, NJ and writing about the Mets at 213 Miles From Shea. LGM!